Lily James overjoyed at finally ditching the corset for Baby Driver

Lily James overjoyed at finally ditching the corset for Baby Driver


Lily James was thrilled she could “breathe” in her Baby Driver outfit.

The 28-year-old actress found fame as Lady Rose MacClare in period television drama Downton Abbey five years ago, which required her to wear a corset along with other vintage attire.

Further projects also saw her slip back into the constraining garment, including Disney’s Cinderella in 2015 and 2016 BBC drama War & Peace, so when the role of waitress Debora came up in Edgar Wright’s action-packed Baby Driver, Lily was quick to accept the change of costume and atmosphere.

“It was heaven,” Lily laughed to W magazine. “That waitress outfit was pretty tight, but I would breathe, which was a change. And it was great. I really wanted to do something contemporary, which felt like an escape. It was breath of fresh air to get into 2017.”

Lily also found the project itself, about a getaway driver called Baby (Ansel Elgort) who must complete one last heist, a bit of departure and she couldn’t quite believe she was in such a “cool” movie. Also starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, the British beauty loved the vibe during production, especially as the film features so much music.

“It was a really fun shoot,” she smiled. “The cast is insane, and they would bring boomboxes and play music on set. Everyone would sing. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of Michael Jackson.”

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